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Tempura Fried Cheese Curds with Sriracha Mayo

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
These fried cheese curds are a perfect snack for happy-hour or while watching the game!

Ingredients

Tempura Fried Cheese Curds

  • 1.25 lb cheese curds
  • 1 cup cake flour, sifted
  • 1 cup very cold club soda
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 qt vegetable oil

Sriracha Mayo

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced

Instructions 

  • In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat the vegetable oil until it reaches 375* F. Meanwhile, whisk together the mayo, Sriracha, and garlic. Set aside. Combine the cake flour, club soda, and salt. You want to barely mix it. Some lumps are ok!
  • When the oil is heated, you can start the frying process. (You will know it's hot enough when a drop of batter sizzles and thoroughly cooks). Working with about six cheese curds at a time, dip the curds into the batter. Let some batter drip off, and then drop them in the oil. Fry them until a light golden-brown, about 1-2 minutes. Do not overcook, or they will turn into the aforementioned tempura Cheez-Its. Place the fried curds on a sheet pan lined with paper towels. You can keep them warm in a low-temp oven.
  • Serve the cheese curds immediately with the Sriracha mayo.

Notes

I like to start with about 2 tablespoons of Sriracha to 1/2 cup mayo and then add more from there. If you don't like spicy, I would start with 1 tablespoon of Sriracha.
Cuisine: American
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Serving: 0.5cups, Calories: 416kcal, Carbohydrates: 22.3g, Protein: 13.3g, Fat: 30.4g, Saturated Fat: 10.9g, Cholesterol: 51mg, Sodium: 507mg, Potassium: 70mg, Fiber: 0.6g, Sugar: 1.6g, Calcium: 326mg, Iron: 1mg
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